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Titan by John Varley

Titan (original 1979; edition 1979)

by John Varley, Freff (Illustrator)

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Authors:John Varley
Other authors:Freff (Illustrator)
Info:Berkley Publishing Corp. (1979), BCE, Hardcover
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Titan by John Varley (1979)



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A re-read of a classic.
  picklefactory | Jan 16, 2018 |
Titan looks like a world but is actually a sentient being. It is filled with marvelous places and beings. And it is lonely. ( )
  gypsysmom | Aug 18, 2017 |
Super fun. Didn't like the ending very much. ( )
  simonpratt | Jun 1, 2017 |
A complete piece of trash from the late 70's.
A spaceship encounters a huge thing and end up crashing on it.
An artificial world.
A quest to find the guiding intelligence behind it.
Madness, perversion and drugs.

Basically, this story boiled down to hardcore feminism, lesbians and cocaine. Oh yeah, on a self aware planetoid type thing. So if stoned lesbians being voyeured by a planet is your thing, this is the book for you. Otherwise, you might want to try something else. ( )
1 vote BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
This was a very interesting story. It is the first in a trilogy and I have already purchased the other 2 books.

As the synopsis on the book jacket says "It {the story] begins with humankind's exploration of a massive satellite orbiting Saturn. It culminates in a shocking discovery: the satellite is a giant alien being."

There were parts of this book that I really enjoyed such as the determination of the Captain and some of her crew to continue their exploratory mission (as well as attempting some type of rescue) and some of the creatures that lived in the satellite (the Titanides, the Smilers). Other things such as the humans' casual willingness to kill potentially sentient beings for food and the almost "Wizard of Oz" reveal of the alien being were a bit troubling.

The alien being, Gaea, has some very interesting insights into human nature in part because...well, I can't say how, since it would be a spoiler...that make the reader think.

In addition to the category I used it for in the SF Reading Challenge (Multiple non-human intel in contact with humans), it would also satisfy Locus Award Winner, First Contact (it appears) and Feminist SF ( )
  bhabeck | Mar 6, 2016 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
John Varleyprimary authorall editionscalculated
Freff.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hamilton, Todd CameronCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pfeiffer, Michael M.Cover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Russo, TonyCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Schichtel, ThomasTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Walotsky, RonCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0441813046, Mass Market Paperback)

Twenty years ago, the Gaean Trilogy dazzled critics and readers. Now a new generation will discover that brilliant world--beginning with Titan.

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When Cirrocco Jones, captain of the spaceship Ringmaster, and his crew are captured by Gaea, a planet-sized creature that orbits around Saturn, they find themselves inside a bizarre world inhabited by centaurs, harpies, and constantly shifting environments.… (more)

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